Within the span of a week, we admitted three Merlins from throughout Northern Michigan.
All three of our Merlins came to us after colliding with windows, but this injury is not unique to their species. Studies suggest that up to a billion birds die each year in North America because of window strikes.
Unfortunately, one of the three Merlins did not make it due to the severity of their injuries, but the other two are still in our care.
You can make a difference for the remaining two Merlins, as well as for our other patients. We rely entirely on your support to pay for the food, medical supplies, and equipment needed to give birds like these Merlins a second chance. Each donation, no matter the amount, helps to save a life. Give a bird a second chance at life by donating here.
If you would prefer to send a check, our mailing address is:
Skegemog Raptor Center
3632 N Spider Lake Rd
Traverse City, MI 49696
If you would like to learn more about window strikes and how you can help prevent them at your home or business, here are some resources:
All About Birds: In this article, Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology offers their insight into the situation as well as suggestions to prevent further window strikes.
ABC Birds: The American Bird Conservancy "is dedicated to conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas." Their website has extensive information about the subject as well as free resources and recommended solutions.
Feather Friendly: A Canadian business with 15 years of experience working with ornithologists, architects, conservation authorities, glass manufacturers and industry advocates to create bird-friendly buildings. Their website offers products as well as educational materials.